Tetsuya Mizuguchi is the public face of Q Entertainment. He's the one everyone recognizes at the parties and gets the groupies. But behind every great game designer there's someone behind them, keeping them partially grounded in reality -- that's Shuji Utsumi, the CEO of Q Entertainment. Mr. Utsumi gave a presentation at GDC today where he talked about Q, working with Mizuguchi, and why Japanese Denny's are actually worth staying at for a while.
"It's good to be with him [Mizuguchi], but there are some headaches too," said Utsumi. He then presented some of the good things about Mizuguchi -- his ability to inspire, soak up information like a sponge, communicate effectively and motive those around him -- and the bad things -- he loves to spend money and time on a high-quality product, ideas too far ahead of the times, isn't a disciplinarian, and doesn't bother with management. Utsumi helps Mizuguchi by helping the developer realize the limitations, both financial and technologically, to better conceptionalize what's actually doable. And while all this is going on Q is "try[ing] to have a rock spirit all the time." ROCK.